No One Comes to the Father Except Through Me
“Remember, then, what you received and heard. Keep it, and repent. If you will not wake up, I will come like a thief, and you will not know at what hour I will come against you…The one who conquers will be clothed thus in white garments, and I will never blot his name out of the book of life. I will confess his name before my Father and before his angels.” –Revelation 3:3-5 ESV
As we’ve been discussing John 14:6 we’ve explored Jesus as the way, the truth, and the life. The statement “No one comes to the Father except through me” leaves no room for doubt that Jesus is the ONLY way, the ONLY truth, and the ONLY source of life. Our world and our hearts are filled with crumbling towers reaching toward heaven but falling short, and broken bridges that collapse from their own weight because they’ve only been built from one side. Jesus Christ is the bridge that won’t collapse, because Jehovah God is the only one who could finish it from both sides. He alone is our link to the trinity. Without Christ we stand guilty of violating God’s covenant with Moses and unable to receive the Holy Spirit who cannot abide in sin. With Christ we have an advocate for our souls against judgment from a holy God, and we ourselves become the resting place of God’s Holy Spirit. There is no other way. There is no other truth, and without Christ is only death. This is the spiritual landscape.
In addition to this, Chirst has told us in Revelation that if we who have heard refuse to wake up, not only do we not receive his advocacy but we make ourselves his enemy who he will come against in judgment. Jesus is promised to return as a conquering king, robed in white wielding a sword. We, brothers, have received a commission to represent the king and work for the kingdom until his return. As our creed declares, “I AM a kingdom man!”
What, then, shall we do? Do we sit in our cushioned seats in an air conditioned room on a Sunday and check the God box for the week? By no means! Our commission is an active one! “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.” This is the mission. The direction of our lives must shift to working for His kingdom, not building our own. We do well not to forget this, or we risk falling asleep and heaping judgment upon ourselves.
Given the truths we’ve learned, who in your life is at risk? Who can you influence by providing a Christ-like example? Remember that some Kingdom men plant seeds, some water them, some encourage growth by pruning, and some reap the harvest. Don’t underestimate your role, even if you don’t witness the fruit yourself.